Reif Law Group, P.C. strengthens its reputation as the go-to trial firm for cannabis industry disputes.

  • Aug 28 2019

On August 23, 2019, RLG won full dismissal of a case against California’s premiere cannabis industry law firm for its role in representing a party in a dispute about the purchase of a cannabis dispensary and in a related ownership dispute. (LASC No. 19STCV02797) (Hon. David Sotelo). A competing owner sued the law firm, RLG’s client, based on its representation of the purchaser. RLG filed and won a special motion to strike under California’s Anti-Slapp statute on behalf of the law firm. In dismissing all nine claims against the law firm, the court agreed with RLG’s arguments that the law firm could not be sued for its activities. RLG’s win eliminated the inherent risks in litigation, substantial defense fees and the distraction of court discovery. Next up is our motion to recover attorneys’ fees for the law firm as the prevailing party. RLG partners Brandon S. Reif, Rebecca E. MacLaren and Ohia A. Amadi are credited with the win.

On August 26, 2019, RLG won a unanimous defense jury verdict in case involving a $2.25 million dispute over the ownership of a cannabis dispensary.  (LASC No. BC667048) (Hon. Gregory Alarcon). It was a nine-day trial, plus one day of jury deliberation. The jury found unanimously for RLG’s clients on all seven causes of action. Jurors commented in post-verdict interviews about the persuasiveness of Brandon S. Reif’s arguments, which led to “12-0” jury votes on key defenses, and caused the rest of plaintiffs’ case to collapse on the merits.  RLG partners Brandon S. Reif and Marc Ehrlich and paralegal Cian Williams are credited with the win.

RLG Managing Partner Brandon S. Reif attributes the firm’s success to dogged preparation and relentless advocacy.  “We master both sides of every case we take to trial. That is who we are and that is why we win.”

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